Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

The Martha Graham tribute Doodle had problems yesterday. Seems Internet Explorer browsers had problems rendering the script that created the animation and crashed or froze the browser. Amid the praise for the artistry of Ryan Woodward, the nod to Martha Graham as a pioneer of modern dance and Google showcasing its browser scripting skills – there were complaints of its drain on computer resources, slowing of systems and in many cases the freezing or crashing of IE browsers. As the comments about problems and the auto launch, as well as the difficulty of turning it off, rolled in the fact…

Martha Graham was born 117 years ago today and Google called on “motionographer” Ryan Woodward to honor the event with an animated Doodle. I was hoping for a Monty Python theme, but this logo could be a classic….

Microsoft will acquire Skype for $8.5 billion in a move that is the biggest acquisition of the company’s history. “Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, though, sees the Internet as an essential battleground for Microsoft, a company that still makes the vast bulk of its profits from Windows and Office software systems. Investors have become increasingly concerned about Microsoft’s ability to squeeze continued growth out of those businesses, as rival technologies from Apple Inc., Google and others put more pressure on profits,” the Wall Street Journal reported….

David Mihm noted that Google Maps listings for businesses now include overlays asking if they are still operating, in the case of unclaimed or Places pages that may no longer be operating. Interesting they do not have a program to check if 0the phone number is working. But this method of having users provide the answers is not a new one for Google and its new CEO Larry Page who decided to create a forum for users to help one another instead of manning help stations….

The Friday prior to Mother’s Day, the New York Times reported on the flower industry and link buying. The article titled “Trying to Game Google on ‘Mother’s Day Flowers’” was another in what now seems to be a regular column on major advertisers also using ‘black hat’ methods to game Google. JC Penney’s and Overstock had been previously investigated by the New York Times for their link building methods. No doubt the stories received major coverage and links throughout the search industry – a double win for the paper’s website….

Many adCenter users have long disliked the need to set both monthly and daily spends for their PPC spends, and now it seems Microsoft has listened and are changing that. The email received today maps out their planned changes though they did not disclose all of the changes. “To help make managing your campaign budgets easier than ever, we’re planning a series of improvements to the Microsoft Advertising adCenter budget options. We’ll keep you informed as we make these improvements over the next few months, and there are steps you can take today to prepare for them,” the email started….

During an informative interview, Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, warned people that their Facebook, Yahoo and Google information is very accessible to the US government. “Facebook in particular is the most appalling spying machine that has ever been invented. Here we have the world’s most comprehensive database about people, their relationships, their names, their addresses, their locations and the communications with each other, their relatives, all sitting within the United States, all accessible to US intelligence. Facebook, Google, Yahoo – all these major US organizations have built-in interfaces for US intelligence. It’s not a matter of serving a subpoena. They…

Google reported it lost money in Australia last year despite a 50% increase in their revenues compared to 2009, ZDNet noted. “The Australian division of search giant Google has filed its financial accounts with the nation’s corporate regulator stating it made a loss of $3.08 million in 2010, resulting in a payment of just $7.4 million in taxes off local revenues of $151.39 million,” ZDNet added, but noted not everyone believed in the numbers….

Despite the changes Google has made over the years to reading various forms of information, video and audio still do not get as much play as text-based information in the search results. So to improve their search rankings, PBS has transcribed thousands of hours of their video content. PBS used Ramp’s MediaCloud to do the initial transcriptions and then went through the results checking names and other industry-specific terms. Nieman Journalism Labs reported….

Google is celebrating the 226th birthday of John James Audubon, the French-American ornithologist, artist, and naturalist with a special logo. Fitting that Google is honoring Audubon, considering that in his day Audubon had a Google-like mission to paint every bird species in North America (Google’s mission today is, obviously, much larger: to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful)….